August Housing Starts Rise to Their Highest Level in Four Months

Housing starts in the U.S. increased more than forecast. Builders began work on 598,000 homes at an annual rate, up 10.5 percent and the most since April, the Commerce Department said today in Washington. – Bloomberg

Here is the US Census Bureau report on housing Permits, Starts and Completions.

Housing Starts:
“Privately-owned housing starts in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 598,000. This is 10.5 percent (±11.9%)* above the revised July estimate of 541,000 and is 2.2 percent (±9.7%)* above the August 2009 rate of 585,000.

Single-family housing starts in August were at a rate of 438,000; this is 4.3 percent (±12.4%)* above the revised July figure of 420,000.

Building Permits:
Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in August were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 569,000. This is 1.8 percent (±2.0%)* above the revised July rate of 559,000, but is 6.7 percent (±1.4%) below the August 2009 estimate of 610,000.

Single-family authorizations in August were at a rate of 401,000; this is 1.2 percent (±1.0%) below the revised July figure of 406,000.”

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